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Changes to 'low priority' and gluten free prescribing

The CCGs in Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston (central Lancashire) are making some changes in relation to an area called ‘low priority prescribing’ in line with many other NHS organisations in Lancashire and nationally.

What this means is that they are proposing to stop the funding of certain types of medicines or treatments that are readily available ‘over the counter’ in pharmacies or on the shelves in shops and supermarkets.

The types of medicines and treatments that fall into this category include:

  • Treatments for minor ailments, including medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen, head lice lotion and indigestion tablets.
  • Treatments where there is little evidence that they have a real clinical benefit, including cough syrups, nasal congestion sprays, sore throat products and vitamin supplements.
  • Gluten free bread and flour.

In some cases there will still be exceptions to this, such as the prescribing of these treatments for people with long term conditions, for babies and children, for breastfeeding mothers or when caring for people at the end of their life.

Before these changes are made, we would like to gather your views to help us make sure that the proposals are sound and the new prescribing policies are appropriate, and also to inform any other information or interventions we may need to put in place.

You can share your views by completing this short survey. The survey will close on Monday 21 November 2016, and a feedback report from the engagement exercise will be published in early December.

If you would like to get in touch with us about this survey or anything else in relation to your local health service, please email or

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